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« on: August 18, 2009 04:31:15 PM »

This is my first attempt at an altered book--literally an altar'd book--a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe and her reading habits.

The book is--was--a hardback novel from the '40s. All the components (the Virgin, the roses) are made from the pages I cut out of the book. I only added some gold paper, glitter, acrylic paint, and a LOT of glue.

Here are a couple of close ups:

I don't think she's reading THE good book, just a good book. Maybe some chick lit?  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009 04:51:57 PM »

This is pretty cool. I have always wanted to experiment in altered books, but can't bring myself to cut.

It is a good inspirational shrine for an art room.

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009 07:49:20 PM »

It is hard to slice into a book! Maybe choose a book that you don't like? That may make it easier. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009 10:44:17 AM »

Very Nice! How are you planning on displaying it?

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009 11:45:24 AM »

I've bought second copies of certain books that I wanted to rip the pages out of, but didn't want to part with. You can usually find pretty much any paperback that's ever been popular for a reasonable price on amazon.com. Charity shops are useful too, but it's difficult to find something specific in those places, and you usually end up buying loads of things you didn't go in for.

« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009 03:36:26 PM »

Very Nice! How are you planning on displaying it?

Hmmm...I don't know, exactly. The outside of the book isn't altered a bit (the cover still closes and the outside edges of the pages aren't glued so you can still kind of rifle them), so I kind of like the idea of its sitting on a shelf with all the other books and no one can tell its there. Just a bit of hidden treasure?  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009 11:12:01 AM »

I really like this. Just wondering....how did you make the roses - was it just a couple of strips of paper wrapped around each other? Anyway its really good!


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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2009 01:58:31 PM »

I really like this. Just wondering....how did you make the roses - was it just a couple of strips of paper wrapped around each other? Anyway its really good!

Thanks, Angelicus! The roses are actually dead simple, made from a single long bit of paper: Just take a piece of paper and draw a spiral (doesn't have to be neat or even or anything. Then just cut along the spiral you just drew. Roll up your paper starting at the outside and rolling into the center of the spiral. You'll end up with the rose shape. I set my roses down in a puddle of glue on another piece of paper (then I cut them out when they dried).

I painted the paper with red acrylic paint before I cut out the spiral and I glued the leaves on separately, of course.

I hope those directions aren't too confusing!

EDITED to add: OH! I found this cool tutorial from a Totally Tutorials link that is exactly what I was trying to say:  http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2009 08:07:50 PM »

I love it! And it never dawned on me before that Mary's eyes always seem half-closed because she's actually squinting, in need of glasses!

vanessow - there are tons of obsolete and unwanted books (outdated textbooks, annual publications, manuals for products nobody uses anymore, really awful fiction, etc) that get thrown into the trash every day --second-hand stores don't even bother with many of them because they won't sell -- find one (Freecycle in your area would be a good starting point), rescue it, and chop away at it...It's a much better destiny for such a book than going to the landfill!

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